Dr. DeLand Presenting Sponsor at JDRF Promise Gala Late Party

katie-kate-JDRFDr. Maitland DeLand is proud to be a presenting sponsor at the upcoming Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Promise Gala. The event is part of the 15th Annual JDRF Promise Gala presented by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Contributions go toward finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Click here to learn more about the JDRF Middle Tennessee

Panel Could Scrap Dietary Cholesterol Advice

The once-common advice to avoid cholesterol for a healthier heart may no longer be a concern. In a draft report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the panel scrapped guidelines on high-cholesterol food avoidance, no longer listing it as a “nutrient of concern.”

While people with high levels of LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, in their blood are at a greater risk of a heart attack than those with normal levels, cardiologists are finding that genetics play a larger role than diet in determining these cholesterol levels. Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic notes that only 20% of a person’s blood cholesterol comes from their diet.

Read the full article from USA Today.

 

Screening Children for Behavioral and Emotional Problems

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines on screening children for behavioral and emotional problems. The new guidelines include steps for pediatricians to follow to implement a screening system in their office. This system can help better diagnose symptoms and provide appropriate referrals for additional treatment.

To learn more about the updated screening guidelines, visit NEJM Journal Watch.

Limiting Rest Helps Young Concussion Patients

Doctors often recommend young patients who have suffered from a concussion take plenty of time to rest and recover, but a new randomized trial comparing approaches to concussion treatments has found that young patients who rested for a shorter period of time reported fewer symptoms than those who rested for longer.

The trial included a group of patients ages 11 to 22, some who were told to rest for 1 to 2 days after a concussion and some who were told to rest for 5 days. The patients who rested for 5 days reported more symptoms than those who rested only 1 to 2 days. Overall recovery was also slower for patients with the longer resting period.

While the study doesn’t provide definitive guidance on treating pediatric concussions, it does confirm that young patients with mild traumatic brain injuries do not typically benefit from rest periods longer than 24 to 48 hours.

Read the full details of the study from The New York Times.

Coordinated Care Through ‘Medical Home’ Best for Chronically Ill Kids

Children suffering from complex chronic illnesses can receive effective and less expensive care from a “medical home” or clinic of easy-to-access health care professionals, according to a new study published in the Dec. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The children who received treatment at an enhanced medical home clinic at the University of Texas in Houston were less likely to need hospitalization compared to those who received their usual care outside the clinic.

Learn more about the study’s findings on Health Day.